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A. R. Ammons

Questions structure and, so, to some extent predetermine answers.
A. R. Ammons questions
Definition, rationality, and structure are ways of seeing, but they become prisons when they blank out other ways of seeing.
A. R. Ammons prison
Probably all the attention to poetry results in some value, though the attention is more often directed to lesser than to greater values.
A. R. Ammons poetry
Once every five hundred years or so, a summary statement about poetry comes along that we can't imagine ourselves living without.
A. R. Ammons poetry
Each poem in becoming generates the laws by which it is generated: extensions of the laws to other poems never completely take.
A. R. Ammons poem
Everything is discursive opinion instead of direct experience.
A. R. Ammons experience
I can't tell you where a poem comes from, what it is, or what it is for: nor can any other man. The reason I can't tell you is that the purpose of a poem is to go past telling, to be recognised by burning.
A. R. Ammons purpose
You have your identity when you find out, not what you can keep your mind on, but what you can't keep your mind off.
A. R. Ammons mind
There's something to be said in favor of working in isolation in the real world.
A. R. Ammons work
A poem generated by its own laws may be unrealized and bad in terms of so-called objective principles of taste, judgement, deduction.
A. R. Ammons men
If the greatest god is the stillness all the motions add up to, then we must ineluctably be included.
A. R. Ammons god
I take the walk to be the externalization of an interior seeking so that the analogy is first of all between the external and the internal.
A. R. Ammons
In nature there are few sharp lines.
A. R. Ammons nature
For though we often need to be restored to the small, concrete, limited, and certain, we as often need to be reminded of the large, vague, unlimited, unknown.
A. R. Ammons mind
If we ask a vague question, such as, 'What is poetry?' we expect a vague answer, such as, 'Poetry is the music of words,' or 'Poetry is the linguistic correction of disorder.'
A. R. Ammons poetry
Poetry leads us to the unstructured sources of our beings, to the unknown, and returns us to our rational, structured selves refreshed.
A. R. Ammons being
Only silence perfects silence.
A. R. Ammons silence
I must stress here the point that I appreciate clarity, order, meaning, structure, rationality: they are necessary to whatever provisional stability we have, and they can be the agents of gradual and successful change.
A. R. Ammons success
The poet exposes himself to the risk. All that has been said about poetry, all that he has learned about poetry, is only a partial assurance.
A. R. Ammons poetry
Anything looked at closely becomes wonderful.
A. R. Ammons wonder

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